Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

The people behind Salmon Fishing in the Yemen are fully aware of how ridiculous the title of their movie is. In fact, director Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) capitalizes on just how ludicrous the entire concept of transplanting salmon fishing as a sport from Ireland to the Yemen truly is, by juxtaposing it against that other ever elusive impossibility we call love. Enter Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. He’s repressed; she’s passionate. Clearly, they have much to learn from each other. The whole international affair is a tad bit obvious at times in its intention, but thanks to delightful turns by McGregor, Blunt and a hysterical Kristin Scott Thomas, this film is abundantly charming.